How do I get My Cat to Stop Biting my Boots?
Boots are expensive and no one likes to have their possessions damaged or destroyed, especially by their pet. If your cat has taken to biting your boots, fear not! With a few simple steps and avoidance techniques, you can save your boots from the engaging feline.
Train Positive Behavior
Train your cat to understand which activities are acceptable and which are not. Positive reinforcement including enthusiastic cheers for good behavior and a gentle “No” if s/he’s doing something unacceptable. If your cat is still young, teach him/her what is appropriate and redirect to a safer (and more acceptable!) activity when s/he starts to bite your boots.
Provide Appropriate Toys
Cats love to play with toys and it’s important to provide them with an appropriate outlet for their chewing, clawing, and biting habits. Supply your cat with a wide variety of toys so they don’t become bored. Replace broken toys often and make sure when purchasing, to select toys that don’t contain small pieces that your cat could choke on.
Keep Your Shoes & Boots Out of Reach
Only leave your shoes and boots out when you are wearing them, otherwise keep them tucked away in a closet or cabinet. If your cat is still trying to access them, you can purchase a dustbin with a lid or use a child-safety cabinet lock that can help keep your cat from getting in.
Enlist the Help of Future Deterrents
If all else fails, there are plenty of deterrents you can use to stop a cat from chewing your boots. Try utilizing a spray deterrent which can be spritzed onto your boots and safe for your cat if accidentally ingested. Additionally, you can purchase foil, mesh, and even carpet tape that can help protect the leather of your boots.
By following these steps, you will be able to protect your boots and have a sane, happy cat. With patience and consistency, your cat will eventually learn to avoid your shoes and boots while also understanding appropriate ways to play.